MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Sun, 03 Jul 2022 21:53:10 +0000 GOP Sens. seek strong and unified reply to Russia http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/083b2c398fa0405782c9aa24b8b70f28 Republican lawmakers project a "strong and unified" bipartisan response to act forcefully and decisively against Russia if and even before Vladimir Putin continues his predicted plans to push forward with an invasion into Ukraine. (Jan. 19) 083b2c398fa0405782c9aa24b8b70f28 Wed, 19 Jan 2022 20:42:51 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:POOLWashington, DC - 19 January 20221. Wide of GOP senators HEADLINE TEXT: GOP Sens. seek strong and unified reply to RussiaANNOTATION: GOP lawmakers project a "strong and unified" bipartisan response to act forcefully and decisively against Russia if and even before an invasion.2.  SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. James Risch, (R) Idaho:"The focus now should be on stopping an invasion. Not talking about what happens afterwards. What happens afterwards is not really debatable. The Russians are going to have a very good first day if they invade. After that, the sledding gets very difficult as they have found out in other places. Occupying a country is very difficult, it's expensive in both blood and treasure. And the president said he has pointed that out to President Putin. And that's something that needs to be underscored as we go forward."++WHITE FLASH++3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Rob Portman, (R) Ohio: "We need to stand strong and unified in letting Vladimir Putin and Russia know that should there be another physical invasion of Ukraine, that the consequences will be devastating for Russia."++WHITE FLASH++4. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Roger Wicker, (R) Mississippi:"He poisons political opponents. He assassinates former members of the administration who oppose him publicly. He has invaded Georgia. He has invaded Ukraine. And as of yet, no one has given Vladimir Putin a bloody nose for any of this. I think the alliance, our friends in NATO and a bipartisan majority are prepared to assist Ukraine in making sure that if it happens this time, Vladimir Putin will get a bloody nose."++EDIT ENDS ON SOUNDBITE++STORYLINE:Republican lawmakers project a "strong and unified" bipartisan response to act forcefully and decisively against Russia if and even before Vladimir Putin continues his predicted plans to push forward with an invasion into Ukraine.The United States and Russia dug in their heels Wednesday over Russia's military buildup on Ukraine's border with no sign either will relent from entrenched positions that have raised fears of a Russian invasion and a new war in Europe.Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday, after a classified virtual briefing with President Joe Biden and White House officials, GOP senators say the United States should act "strongly" to deter the Russian government before an invasion and not wait until after it has occurred.Idaho Senator James Risch, ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee said: "The focus now should be on stopping an invasion. Not talking about what happens afterwards."Adding, "What happens afterwards is not really debatable. The Russians are going to have a very good first day if they invade. After that, the sledding gets very difficult."Rob Portman said at the news conference "We need to stand strong and unified in letting Vladimir Putin and Russia know that should there be another physical invasion of Ukraine, that the consequences will be devastating for Russia."Some of the lawmakers briefing the president were part of a delegation of U.S. senators that recently visited Ukraine to meet with that country's president and other officials to emphasize congressional support for the country.The bipartisan delegation consisted of four Democrats — Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, Chris Murphy, Amy Klobuchar and Richard Blumenthal — and three Republicans — Rob Portman, Kevin Cramer and Roger Wicker.Members met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to Ukraine as it tries to solidify its democracy while facing an increasingly belligerent Russia.Referencing previous Russian aggression and the outcomes, Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker said, "as of yet, no one has given Vladimir Putin a bloody nose for any of this. I think the alliance, our friends in NATO and a bipartisan majority are prepared to assist Ukraine in making sure that if it happens this time, Vladimir Putin will get a bloody nose."Ahead of critical talks Friday between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the two sides appeared no closer to any compromise that might ease tensions and avert the threat of a Russian invasion. Ukraine, meanwhile, said it was prepared for the worst and would survive whatever difficulties come its way. On a visit to Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, Blinken accused Russia of planning to reinforce the more than 100,000 troops it has deployed along the Ukrainian border and suggested that number could double "on relatively short order."Blinken did not elaborate, but Russia has sent an unspecified number of troops from the country's far east to its ally Belarus, which also shares a border with Ukraine, for major war games next month. Blinken also reiterated Washington's demands for Russia to de-escalate the situation by removing its forces from the border area, something that Moscow has flatly refused to do. And, Blinken said he wouldn't give Russia the written response it expects to its demands when he and Lavrov meet in Geneva. ===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. Republican lawmakers project a "strong and unified" bipartisan response to act forcefully and decisively against Russia if and even before Vladimir Putin continues his predicted plans to push forward with an invasion into Ukraine. (Jan. 19) GOP Sens. seek strong and unified reply to Russia